Spring/Summer Looks

Top 10 Business Casual Must-Haves

A reader recently challenged me with picking out some pieces for her that could refresh her spring/summer wardrobe that would easily transition from work to play. It got me thinking about what pieces I cannot live without when I’m getting ready for work. I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve learned when it comes to mixing and matching within my own closet to go from day to night. This request had my mind thinking just that way. She also wanted to try to keep it around $50 a piece, so you know these pieces are not only versatile, but affordable. Below are my top 10 Business Casual must-haves. The collage is shoppable but I’ve also provided some styling suggestions for each piece. Sending a big thanks to Maura for inspiring this post!


scallop dress is fun yet professional. The silhouette is flattering without being revealing and this color is stunning! It would look great with the white blazer.

Every woman needs a good, basic, silky blouse in her collection. The one above comes in a lot of great colors, but you can’t go wrong with white. I’d wear it with the pants or the skirt.
A pretty, feminine blouse is also a must have. This would look great with the skirt.
pencil skirt is probably #1 on my list of must-haves. They can be dressed up or down and its a great base for a pretty blazer or a beautiful statement jewelry piece.
versatile pump is so necessary. I like that the heel is not too high on these so its ok to wear during a long day of being on your feet. Plus it also comes in nude, and at $20 a pair, why not get both!
classic button-down is another great versatile piece. You could wear this with the skirt or pants, or even over the dress to mix it up. It would also look great under the blazer.
striped tee is a no-brainer. This is perfect for going from day to night. You could wear this under the button down or with the pants for some print mixing. I’d obviously also pair it with the skirt.
Ah, the white blazer. My beloved. I wear my white blazer SO much. I wear it to work, I wear it out on dates, I wear it out with the girls, I pretty much wear it everywhere. If you don’t have one, you need one. Now.
A basic black tote bag is perfect for holding your laptop, notebook, cell phone, wallet, keys, and lip gloss(es). It literally will go with everything and at under $50, you know you’ll get your money’s worth out it.

A printed dress pant is a great way to bring some fun to the office. The fit of this particular style is very flattering and comfortable. You can also either wear it with the plain tops or a printed one for some pattern mixing.

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